When it comes to priorities, it’s probably safe to assume there are a few things that rank a little bit higher than cleaning your makeup brushes. The tedious task of digging out all your tools and individually cleaning each one is pretty much put off until absolutely necessary. For some of us, that can mean your brushes have gone months — or even years — without being properly cleaned.
It might not bother you today — but did you know that your makeup (and makeup applicators) can pack a punch when it comes to harvesting bacteria?
Due to the nature of their use, it’s impossible to keep your brushes from getting dirty because of daily use. And if that’s not motivation enough to spend some quality time with your beauty tools, know that the bacteria production on your brushes is contaminating your makeup and promoting acne and breakouts on your skin. Gross!
It’s easy to wash brushes: Just fill a bowl with warm, soapy water, submerge the brush, gently massage the bristles, rinse, rest on a clean towel, and repeat. There are soaps dedicated specifically to cleansing brushes and beauty blenders, but often gentle soap — like baby shampoo — will do the trick.
While there’s a general rule to cleanse your brushes every month, timelines can actually vary according to what you use the brush for — so dig in to these guidelines and make a commitment to clean.